Moving with a Disability: Tips for Making the Process Run More Smoothly

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If you are one of the millions of Americans who has a disability, you might be wondering how you can make the moving process as painless as possible. This is especially true if you are wheelchair-bound or have issues lifting your heavy boxes all day. Here are a few tips to help ensure your relocation goes as smoothly as possible:

Tackling the Packing

If you have a disability, you might find it difficult to take on three of the most time consuming and physically exhausting aspects of moving: decluttering, organizing and packing. However, with a few tips and a little help, you will find that packing up all your stuff isn't as tricky as you might think:

  • Working With The Moving Company – While searching for a moving company, let the potential candidates know that you have unique needs and ask if they have experience working with individuals with a disability. For example, you may require the movers perform all the packing at your old home and unpacking at your new home.
  • Asking for Help – In addition to asking your friends, neighbors and family to help you declutter and pack up your home, look for assistance through a local non-profit or another organization in your area.
  • Packing With Your Disability in Mind – The moving company will help you get all of your boxes, furniture and other goods safely on the truck, but chances are you'll still want to pitch in. If you want to help, consider storing your personal items in smaller boxes, which are easier to handle.
  • Don't Forget Your Immediate Needs – Finally, don't forget to pack a separate bag filled with any medications and equipment you will need on a daily basis. Also, ask the moving company to make any larger equipment you may need more accessible, such as a lift or wheelchair.

During the Move

You've gotten plenty of boxes and hired a local moving service to meet your unique needs. However, while you're getting the boxes on the truck and making sure your furniture can fit through the front door, you must also keep your safety in mind.

For example, make sure you have a clear and unencumbered path to and from the front door, your bedroom and the bathroom. It can be tricky to get around your home while it is in disarray, so make sure that you always have a path that is free of boxes, clutter or electrical wires.

Ask a friend or neighbor to stay with you and provide assistance throughout the move. If you're unable to help at all, this person can act as a representative to ensure the entire move is done with your specifications and limitations in mind.

At Your New Home

You've finally arrived at your new home and it's time to make it as comfortable and accommodating as possible. Depending on your needs, you may have hired movers who will unpack all of your boxes and arrange your furniture. Help the movers create a floor plan that is aesthetically inviting, but also allows you to move freely throughout your home.

In addition, if you're also having your home fitted with ramps, lifts or other safety features, you may want to consider holding off until the movers are finished. Otherwise, you may have far too many people in your home at once.

Moving with a disability can seem like a huge challenge, but it doesn't have to be. With the help of your friends, neighbors and a local moving company, it is possible to get to your new home with far less struggle than you imagine!

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29 September 2015

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